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Into the West (1992)

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Grandpa Ward gives a horse he found to his grandchildren, who keep it in their tower-block flat in Dublin. The horse is stolen from them, and the two young boys set out to find it and flee on it.

Director:

Mike Newell

Writers:

Jim Sheridan, David Keating (additional writing)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Byrne ... Papa Reilly
Ellen Barkin ... Kathleen
Ciarán Fitzgerald ... Ossie
Rúaidhrí Conroy ... Tito (as Ruaidhrí Conroy)
David Kelly ... Grandfather
Johnny Murphy ... Tracker
Colm Meaney ... Barreller
John Kavanagh ... Hartnett
Brendan Gleeson ... Inspector Bolger
Jim Norton ... Superintendant O'Mara
Anita Reeves Anita Reeves ... Mrs. Murphy
Ray McBride Ray McBride ... Mr. Murphy
Dave Duffy ... Morrissey
Stuart Dannell-Foran Stuart Dannell-Foran ... Conor Murphy (as Stuart Dannell)
Becca Hollinshead Becca Hollinshead ... Birdy Murphy
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Storyline

A gigantic white stallion appears mysteriously to a Traveller grandfather and his two grandsons in an Irish slum. Since, puzzlingly, the younger of the two boys is the only individual who can control the horse, ownership falls to him and his older brother by default. There being no place for the animal, they move him into the apartment of their alcoholic Traveller father. Police remove him and, in a shady deal, he ends up under control of a wealthy, underhanded horse breeder. The boys manage to retrieve him and escape on his back, but the stallion seems to have his own travelling agenda. Written by JH

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Ein magisches Abenteuer beginnt ... (A magical Adventure begins ...) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das weiße Zauberpferd See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,790,801
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jim Norton and Tony Rohr both appeared in Father Ted (1995-1998), a well-known Irish sitcom set on the fictional Craggy Island. Incidentally this is off the west coast of Ireland, where the climax of Into the West (1992) takes place. See more »

Goofs

In several shots of Tito and Ossie riding bareback while the horse is galloping, Ossie is represented by a very floppy dummy that's obviously tied and pinned to the stunt rider playing Tito (01:13:44 to 01:14:51). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Papa Reilly: [to his son] You're not gonna return there again. You have to pretend your name is Murphy. Do you understand that?
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Connections

References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

In a Lifetime
Music and Lyrics by Ciarán Brennan and Paul Brennan
Performed by Clannad
Courtesy of BMG Records (UK) Limited
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heart-warming mythology
16 January 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This small-scale film focuses on Gypsy folklore and myth, reincarnation, nature, and childhood.

Early in the film two Irish boys are given a horse by their grandad, which they decide to keep hidden in their tenement flat. Their father is severely depressed after the death of his wife, and lets the boys run riot. When the children (and horse) go on the run, he comes to terms with his travelling past with the Gypsies again and seeks solace in their help, wisdom, and faith.

'Into the West' is a truly remarkable film. The actors playing the children are remarkable (especially Ciaran Fitzgerald as Ossie), while the adult cast are headed by Gabriel Byrne (as the former traveller father) and his then-wife Ellen Barkin (as the mystical gypsy Kathleen). Both are excellent, while the mystical thread of the story - against the odds - remains believable and leaves an ending of optimism and goodwill.

Mike Newell, the director, and Jim Sheridan, the writer, deserve high praise for this movie. I also need to mention the Celtic music which pushes the story along and does much to set the atmosphere. Superb.


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